Masters of make-up effects A century of practical magic

Howard Berger

Book - 2022

"Masters of Make-Up Effects is a celebration of make-up artists and acclaimed make-up effects from the world of film and television. Authors Howard Berger and Marshall Julius have gleaned untold stories from the sets of cult classics (Planet of the Apes, An American Werewolf in London, The Thing), fan-favorite film and TV franchises (Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and the MCU) and modern blockbusters like Dune to chart the fascinating evolution of an industry. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, many of which have never before been seen in print or on social media, it showcases some of the most iconic make-up effects of all time, while revealing how they came to be in the artists' own words. a foreword by Guillermo del Toro, an afterword by Seth MacFarlane, and contributions from more than 50 make-up effects legends, as well as iconic actors including Doug Jones, Robert Englund, James McAvoy and Doug Bradley, and directors Mick Garris and John Landis, Masters of Make-up Effects is the most complete book on movie make-up history ever assembled, and a must read for cinema fans everywhere."

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Pictorial works
London : Welbeck 2022.
Main Author
Howard Berger (author)
Other Authors
Marshall Julius (author), Guillermo del Toro, 1964- (author of introduction etc)
Physical Description
320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Hall of fame
  • What dreams are made of
  • Breaking in
  • The seed of invention
  • The monster club
  • Featured creatures
  • The gore the merrier
  • They're alive!
  • Making faces
  • To glue or not to glue
  • Teamwork makes the dream work
  • Let's do the time warp
  • Reel lives
  • War stories
  • Lessons learned.
Review by Library Journal Review

Journalist Julius and Oscar-winning makeup artist Berger have assembled a loving, photo-filled tribute to the people who created special effects movie makeup spanning from 1922's Nosferatu to 2022's Evil Dead Rise. They've assembled an all-star list of filmmakers as contributors who sing the praises of specific artists and fondly recall which films and artists launched their own passion about becoming special makeup artists. Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) remembers Man of a Thousand Faces changing his life; Rick Baker (American Werewolf in London) relives working as Dick Smith's assistant on The Exorcist. Tami Lane (The Hobbit) notes getting hooked on Fangoria magazine at age four; and Nick Dudman recalls creating the prosthetics for Jack Nicholson's Joker in Batman. Christopher Tucker recollects creating (with Stuart Freeborn) the creatures in Star Wars (director George Lucas "was the epitome of vagueness. He just didn't know what he wanted."). It's a treat for movie buffs, jam-packed with full-color photographs--many behind the scenes. Includes filmographies for the 67 actors, directors, and makeup artists quoted in the book. VERDICT This splendid salute to a century of horror and sci-fi film makeup will be a high-demand item for film fans and budding makeup artists.--Kevin Howell

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